Making Sense of God: Finding God in the Modern World
Making Sense of God: Finding God in the Modern World, by Timothy Keller, is an excellent book. Will it accomplish its purpose of winning skeptics to the Christian faith? As God graciously enables, yes - undoubtedly. Is it a magic bullet against every form of unbelief? Of course not.
But that’s not really the purpose of apologetic literature, is it? All defenses of the Christian faith leave behind unswayed skeptics. Jesus had them. The Apostle Paul had them. C.S. Lewis had them. Tim Keller will have them. The human heart is softened by Spirit, not ink. Even so, I’m certain that Making Sense of God will help many searching for honest answers to questions about the plausibility of faith in the modern world.
Keller clearly loves those wrestling with deep, profound questions of faith. His tone throughout The Meaning of God is eminently respectful and compassionate. Likewise, his voluminous and versatile consideration of other viewpoints, whether those of scientists, artists, academics, philosophers, or even other theologians, evidences his considerable study of them.
The book moves incrementally, methodically moving readers toward a deeper consideration of their own beliefs and epistemology - how they know anything at all. Keller first shows the inescapability of faith, even for those of a decidedly materialistic worldview, and then considers how well the various objects of our faith explain and serve our desire for significance, security, satisfaction and so on. He explores modern conceptions of freedom and morality, deftly identifying many of their troubling ironies. Amidst all of this, Keller argues - respectfully and compassionately - that Christian theism offers the most credible and satisfying answer to the human condition. It is a fascinating read, one that I intend to repeat.
In short, this is an excellent book for those desiring an intellectually credible, culturally fluent exploration of the Christian faith.